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From left: Jordi Savall, Andrew Lawrence-King, Xavier Díaz-Latorre © Amy Ryan Media
London

The Doctor Who of music: Jordi Savall whisks us across countries and centuries

By , 12 May 2019
*****
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Sophie Karthäuser © Alvaro Yanez
London

Clara Schumann's songs: an evening of pure delight

By , 22 February 2019
****1
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Boxwood & Brass © Tom Bowles
London

Master and pupil: Beethoven's Septet arranged by Czerny

By , 14 February 2019
****1
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Septura © Bethany Clarke
London

Brass ensemble Septura explores Ravel and Gershwin

By , 10 July 2018
****1
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Tim Mead © Benjamin Ealovega
London

Giulio Cesare in Londra with the marvellous Early Opera Company

By , 11 April 2018
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Ex Cathedra © Paul Arthur
London

Ex Cathedra for Holy Week at St John’s Smith Square

By , 26 March 2018
***11
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George Li © Simon Fowler
London

A polished London debut recital from George Li

By , 20 March 2018
***11
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Lawrence Zazzo © Justin Hyer
London

Finely cast Orlando from La Nuova Musica

By , 01 February 2018
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Anna Fedorova © Marco Borggreve
London

Laments and sparkles: Anna Fedorova compelling in Chopin

By , 17 January 2018
****1
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Matthew Barley © Nick White
London

The City of London Sinfonia plumbs the depths of Tavener's The Protecting Veil

By , 02 December 2017
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Alban Gerhardt © Kaupo Kikkas
London

Bitterness and lamentation: Shostakovich and Messiaen at St John's Smith Square

By , 14 November 2017
***11
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Brenden Gunnell and Roderick Williams © Belinda Lawley
London

To the field of blood: Sally Beamish's The Judas Passion

By , 25 September 2017
****1
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Les Passions de L'ame © Guillaume Perret
London

Austrian Baroque with an exotic twist

By , 17 May 2017
****1
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Sam Furness and Alessandro Fisher © Benjamin Ealovega
London

Die Schuldigkeit des ersten Gebots gets a rare outing from Classical Opera

By , 21 March 2017
****1
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Kenneth Woods © Benjamin Ealovega
London

Philip Sawyers' powerful new symphony delivered with intensity and focus

By , 28 February 2017
****1
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Michael Spyres © Belinda Lawley
London

A tale of two tenors as Méhul is celebrated by the OAE

By , 10 February 2017
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Tamara Stefanovich © Marco Borggreve
London

Breathtaking pianism: Pierre-Laurent Aimard and Tamara Stefanovich at St John's Smith Square

By , 24 January 2017
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Jordi Savall © Teresa Llordes
London

All the evenings of the world: Jordi Savall's film music par excellance

By , 19 October 2016
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Benjamin Grosvenor © operaomnia.co.uk
London

Virtuosic command and intimate focus from Benjamin Grosvenor

By , 04 October 2016
****1
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Peter Whelan © Martin Usborne
London

Winds of Change: a new bassoon concerto ushered in by the OAE

By , 07 May 2016
***11
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David Parry © Rayfield Allied
London

London Mozart Players present rare Mozart through modern eyes

By , 14 April 2016
***11
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Ingrid Fliter © Anton Dressler
London

Physically expressive Chopin from Ingrid Fliter

By , 06 April 2016
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Seong-Jin Cho © Fryderyk Chopin Institute | Bartek Sadowski
London

Exquisite Chopin recital from Korean Competition Winner

By , 11 March 2016
****1
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John Butt © David Barbour
London

Ravishing Bach at St John’s with the OAE

By , 10 March 2016
****1
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Steven Osborne © Benjamin Ealovega
London

Intimacy and control: Steven Osborne at St John's Smith Square

By , 03 February 2016
*****
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Rachel Podger © Jonas Sacks
London

Many strings to their bows: Rachel Podger and the OAE

By , 24 November 2015
****1
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Julian Perkins © Andy Craggs
London

A thrilling evening of music from Bach's Bohemian Cousin

By , 20 October 2015
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Jonathan Cohen © Marco Borggreve
London

Three Bachs: Magnificent Magnificats from Arcangelo

By , 01 October 2015
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Occupy the Pianos: Hind and Schoenberg bring festival to a close

By , 13 September 2015
****1
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© Anne Hashimoto
London

Eclectic Anglo-Japanese programme from Anna Hashimoto

By , 11 June 2015
***11
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Christina Gansch © Askonas Holt
London

Christina Gansch and Malcolm Martineau: Ferrier Awards Winner's Recital at St. John's Smith Square

By , 31 May 2015
***11
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Gut strings and female basses: a Venetian expedition to the Pietà for the OAE

By , 17 May 2015
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London

Amadè Players explore Bohemian composers in 18th century Vienna

By , 31 March 2015
***11
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London

Lucy Crowe and Tim Mead a fruitful pairing for Pergolesi's Stabat Mater

By , 20 March 2015
****1
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London

Cage and Time: an intriguing multimedia experience

By , 20 January 2015
***11
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London

Camptastic, darling: Rameau's Platée from the Early Opera Company

By , 20 November 2014
****1
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London

Alpine sunshine, classical shades: a double bill from Bampton Classical Opera

By , 16 September 2014
***11
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London

Polyphony excels in Good Friday St John Passion

By , 18 April 2014
****1
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London

Matthew Rose the driving force in Mendelssohn's Elijah

By , 22 March 2014
****1
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London

The Also-Ran Who Outran Fate: Daniel Purcell's Judgement of Paris

By , 05 March 2014
****1
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London

Heavenly ideas, earth-bound realities: Angels and Archangels with The Cardinall's Musick

By , 20 December 2013
***11
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London

EU Baroque Orchestra explores the splendours of music in Dresden

By , 17 October 2013
*****
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London

Two Michael Nyman works for string quartet at St John's Smith Square

By , 01 June 2013
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London

Baroque on the high seas: Freiburg Baroque Orchestra and Carolyn Sampson at Lufthansa

By , 18 May 2013
*****
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London

Lufthansa Festival opens with a ravishing Handel masterpiece

By , 10 May 2013
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A birthday happening for Stephen Montague at St John's Smith Square

By , 12 March 2013
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English exiles return to St John's Smith Square

By , 01 February 2013
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London

Fine cantatas from John Lubbock with the Orchestra of St John's in Oxford

By , 16 January 2013
***11
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London

Queen of Harps with John Rutter at St John's Smith Square

By , 22 November 2012
****1
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Everyman's Elgar: The Dream of Gerontius at St John's Smith Square

By , 13 October 2012
***11
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